Doug’s high school English teacher, Jerry, and his wife, Cathie came to visit. We had such a blast! Doug took them to Paria townsite, Buckskin Gulch and White Pocket. Then we all drove to Boulder, stopped for coffee at the Kiva Koffeehouse, dinner at Hell’s Backbone Grill and spent the night. The next day we drove to Capitol Reef. We hiked in Cohab Canyon and had a picnic lunch in Fruita. The leaves were beautiful and we had great weather. Crisp and cold, but sunny. After spending the night in Capitol Reef, they drove on to Scottsdale to visit their granddaughter and we drove back to Kanab. We sure hated to see them leave.
Kasha-Katuwe means white cliffs in the traditional Keresan language of the Pueblo de Cochiti. The tent shaped rocks were created by volcanic activity 6-7 million years ago. The pumice, ash and tuff deposits from the volcano are over 1,000 feet thick! Explosions from the Jemez volcano added rock fragments to the mix.
Archeologists have found evidence of human habitation over 4,000 years ago. In the 14th and 15th centuries, several large ancestral pueblos were established. In 1540, Coronado’s expeditions mentioned the Pueblo in their diaries. In 2001, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks was designated a national monument.
The roots of this tree are higher than a very tall person. Amazing what flash flooding will do. Despite this, the tree flourishes!
We got up early and hiked a 3 mile trail through a slot canyon, then up to the top of one of the 90-foot cliffs. By the time we were at the top, it was very hot! The rock formations varied widely in size and some of them showed many layers of different shades of pink and grey. Beautiful!
Another neat place near Stateline is Paw Hole. It requires a shorter drive than White Pocket, but the road is also quite rough and sandy. The rock formations, mainly hoodoos and buttes, are very red. We stayed till sunset; then returned to camp. We found loads of wildflowers at both White Pocket and Paw Hole. It’s definitely spring in Northern Arizona!